Sprint readying low-cost 4G Android smartphone?

Sprint's Galaxy S lineup is set to grow by at least one more handset now that a new Samsung phone has appeared in FCC documents.

Already, we know a few details for the SPH-D600. It promises a 320x480 HVGA display, a 3.1-megapixel camera (or higher), and WiMax capability. According to, this unnamed handset features a sliding QWERTY keyboard and will get its power from a 1GHz Qualcomm processor. Other tidbits include requisite Android support for Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n); Bluetooth 3.0 and presumably, GPS; and (judging by the picture at least) a front-facing camera.

You'd be correct if you think this sounds an awful lot like the Epic 4G, also released by Sprint. That handset carries a very similar model number of SPH-D700 and featured somewhat beefier hardware. It's possible that Sammy's new device will help bring about a lower price point for 4G Android smartphones. And given that Sprint's current options start at $149 (Evo Shift 4G), this could potentially slide in with the magic sub-$100 sticker. … Read more

Verizon readying Moto Droid 3 and Droid X2

Samsung's Droid Charge and HTC's Droid Incredible 2 may be Verizon's top "Droid" series smartphones today, but it appears that the carrier is ready to circle back around to the manufacturer that started the droid name.

Best Buy's internal Cellebrite system now shows the Motorola Droid 3 (XT862) and Motorola Droid X2 (MB870) as coming handset options. While neither device has been officially announced by Moto or Verizon, the listings indicate a nearing launch.

The Droid 3 looks to feature the familiar sliding QWERTY form factor but with a twist. Among the improvements are … Read more

Rumor: Motorola prepping a pair of quad-core smartphones for early 2012

We may still be in the first half of 2011, but that doesn't mean we can't start talking about devices rumored for next year. Droid-Life is reporting that it has received preliminary specs for a pair of Motorola handsets that likely won't arrive until 2012. And, as one might expect, the hardware is leaps above the stuff hitting shelves today.

Both smartphones, the Bullet and Jet, should be 4G LTE capable for Verizon's network. What's more, the handsets will be among the first to offer Nvidia's new quad-core "Kal-El" Tegra 3 chipset. … Read more

New, more powerful Nintendo console for $400?

A boatload of rumored details have emerged on what Nintendo's next console could offer.

Citing anonymous sources, IGN reported yesterday that Nintendo's upcoming console, code-named Project Cafe, could hit store shelves as early as October with a starting price of $350 to $400.

For that price, customers will get a 1080p-capable console that's about the size of Microsoft's original Xbox 360 and comes with the R700 GPU from Advanced Micro Devices, IGN is reporting. That, combined with a triple-core IBM PowerPC CPU, could make Nintendo's upcoming console capable of accommodating games that are visually superior … Read more

Report: Apple to begin producing iPhone 5 in July

The much-anticipated iPhone 5 is expected to go into production in July and likely begin shipping in September, according to a brief Reuters report this evening.

Apple's next-generation smartphone will have a faster processor but otherwise have a similar appearance to the iPhone 4, according to the report from Hong Kong, which cited three unidentified people familiar with the matter.

The revelation appears to contradict a major supplier in Southeast Asia that said earlier this month it would not begin production on components for the iPhone 5 until sometime in September--apparently upsetting Apple's traditional summer iPhone release schedule. … Read more

Rumor: Analyst expects A5 and 8MP camera for iPhone 5

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a note with details on what to expect in the forthcoming iPhone 5. Juicy features include Apple's A5 processor and a much-improved 8-megapixel rear camera.

According to AppleInsider, Kuo's note says the A5 processor will match the performance of the one currently found in Apple's iPad 2, though no mention of the RAM quantity was made.

"He has also been told that Apple will switch to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models, along with an improved antenna design."

Echoing other rumors that production on the iPhone … Read more

Digital City 124: Dan arrives late to the studio and our show literally goes down the toilet

As Dan hustles his way back to the studio, we (somehow) begin with Scott's hands-on of the $6,000 Kohler Numi toilet. Then, the conversation gets weird as we contemplate on what features would be included in our dream toilet that's worth dumping that kind of cash into. Blue jokes aside, we also debate Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr.'s argument to congress, on his belief, that the iPad is killing American jobs. Dan sheds some light on the self-publishing and distribution logistics of releasing an album (if you are so inclined to go indie and bank on those "royalty" checks). Finally, more iPhone 5 rumors explored.

Bonus: You can download the show's theme song as a free MP3 here for a limited time! … Read more

Is there a bidding war over TweetDeck?

A report Monday in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Twitter is in "advanced talks" to acquire TweetDeck, a Twitter desktop client preferred by many of the social-media service's most active users, for about $50 million. "TweetDeck has emerged as a favorite of heavy users of Twitter, letting people track tweets about multiple topics at the same time," the story explained. "The program, which many people download and use on their desktop computers, also lets people write tweets longer than 140 characters, among other features."

But wait: Two months ago, TweetDeck was reported to have sold to UberMedia, … Read more

Droid Incredible 2 should hit Verizon stores April 28

Monday we brought you more details on the upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 2, and now it appears that the smartphone will land at Verizon Wireless on April 28.

According to a tipster, there's a 99 percent chance that the upgrade to theDroid Incredible will go on sale two weeks from today "barring any unforeseen complications." We still don't know pricing, but we suspect that it will cost in the $199 range with service.

We also got to peruse the marketing flier, which confirms that the handset will offer a 1GHz processor, a front-facing camera for video … Read more

Motorola's rugged 7-inch tablet aims for enterprise

Motorola could be in the early stages of developing a new, rugged Android tablet. According to information passed to Engadget, the company has begun work on a new 7-inch tablet that looks to feature a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. Other preliminary specifications peg this unnamed tablet with an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, HDMI output, and a USB port for "snap-in" peripherals.

The presentation slide alludes to a "rugged" tablet that would be able to withstand extreme temperatures and drops from 4 feet. Motorola has already … Read more